Originally published 12/2/10 here on The Doctor Weighs In.
When I was a kid, people used to say, “Oh, don’t worry, she will outgrow her baby fat.” And, by and large, I did. I was an average-sized teen and young adult, and, like most Americans, only started packing on the pounds later in life. But things are different now.
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As I was developing this site, I mentioned it to my good friend Bill Bestermann. Dr. Bestermann is a very progressive, leading edge and nationally recognized vascular physician. When you talk with Bill, it’s very clear that it really is all about the quality of the care. After he’d chewed on the idea of the site, he called with a suggestion. “You could have a section called ‘Urgent Science’ that clearly describes for clinicians the science behind modern management of chronic conditions. We could develop a straightforward resource that shows what actually works and why, so it can be easily translated into clinical practice.”
That seemed like a great idea. What follows is Dr. Bestermann’s explanation of how it can work, followed by an article he wrote almost two years ago called “The New Science of Vascular Disease.”
We are very proud to offer this approach, and hope that interested physicians with deep knowledge of a particular discipline will send us review articles that can be candidates for this service.
WILLIAM H. BESTERMANN, MD
The science and systems exist today to dramatically improve care and reduce costs. Despite multiple recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and others credible professional groups, our system remains focused on the care of acute episodes and our approach to chronic diseases is largely ineffective. We spend nearly one dollar out of five on health care and the rate of increase continues to be a multiple of inflation. Most of the increased spending over the last two decades is related to patients with four or more chronic conditions. We have still done very little to improve the effectiveness of that spending and to improve the health of our friends, neighbors, and families. Education and exhortation have not worked. It is time to get serious about new science, new organizational structures, and new systems.
Continue reading “The Urgent Science of Chronic Medical Conditions: An Introduction”
This 28 second video illustrates the kind of event that Tim Russert experienced, and that is described in Dr. Bestermann’s article above.